Robbery victim faces her attacker in court

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by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 6:13 PM

TACOMA -- The man accused of robbing and stabbing a woman after pretending to be a delivery man, was in court Wednesday. Brian Han pleaded guilty to lesser degrees of robbery and assault as well as burglary for the 2012 in Spanaway.

"I can't think of a more horrific situation than for a stranger to come into a house, bound and gag a person, and then while they're bound and gagged, stab them with a knife, which is probably the most cowardly thing you can do," said Pierce County Judge John Hickman.

In a rare move, Judge Hickman increased Han's sentence to 74 months, from the 67 months jointly recommended by the prosecutors and defense.

Kyong-cha Herman survived the attack in her Spanaway home in 2012.  She and her husband Andrew were present in court Wednesday. Even though a year and a half has passed since the incident, she said it wasn't easy being so close to her attacker.

"Still scary," said Kyong-cha Herman.  "When I saw him, my body was shaking."

The Hermans said they were hoping for a harsher sentence, perhaps through a trial, but they believe the prosecution fought the best fight they could.

"I believe a lot of people did their best," said Andrew Herman. "A lot of people worked hard to get the best resolution we could."

Prosecutors felt a plea deal was their best chance of getting justice. They said their key witness, who happened to be Han's wife, would not have been admissible in court due to the marital privilege law.

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